MonthDecember 2018

Selby and Friends 2019 Season

Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music Canberra
28 February, 6 May, 8 July, 2 September, 31 October

A stellar line up of ‘friends’ joins Kathryn Selby for the 2019 season of five concerts: Natalie Chee, Susie Park, Daniel Dodds, Andrew Haveron, Timo Veikko-Valve, Umberto Clerici, Julian Smiles, Richard Narroway and Grace Clifford.

The season repertoire includes an entirely Beethoven concert in October and a varied collection of composers from Mendelssohn to Kats-Chernin in carefully curated programs sure to please and stimulate audiences whilst showcasing the remarkable talents of the performers.

The full program and booking information for season passes and single tickets can be found at

Listen to Barbie’s interview with Kathy Selby.

Craig Cormick – The Years of the Wolf

Published by IFWG Publishing Melbourne, 2018

This is historical fiction, a brutal parable of the effects of internment on the human spirit. German civilians are interned during WW1 at Trial Bay and later joined by naval officers.

The camp develops a life of its own with murder, intrigue, rackets, cross dressed performances of German operas and the combined fantasies of a group of isolated men, both guards and the guarded.

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Bettina Ehrlich – Francesco and Francesca

Second edition published by For Pity Sake Publishing, 2018
First published by Oxford University Press 1962

For Pity Sake Publishing has purchased the rights to 6 of Bettina Ehrlich’s picture books, first published in the1960s in England. Francesco and Francesca is the first to be released.

It tells the story of Francesco, a poor little Italian boy who has no shoes. One day while gazing in the window of a shoe shop in his home town Mareto he sees a pair of beautiful red shoes, but he also sees the reflection of a lovely little girl – this is Francesca and the two are destined to cross paths at Carnival in Milan.

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Tuggeranong Arts Centre December exhibitions

Unchained by Margot Date
A Magic Stranger than Death by Tom Buckland, Nicci Haynes and Dan Moor
Until 21 December 2018

Dan Moor

Margot Date was awarded the TAC prize of a solo exhibition upon graduation from the Diploma of Visual Art at CIT Reid in 2017. Her works are mixed media with a Leitmotif of crocheted chain stitch and all that the chain can represent.

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At the Edge of Matter

ANCA Gallery until 16 December 2018
Works by Christina Appleby, Lucy Quinn, Riley Beaumont, Mahala Hill and Merryn Lloyd
Curated by Karena Keys and Phoebe Hamra

Christine Appleby, deconstructed weaving

 Five artists explore and play largely with sculptural works and using a range of techniques including re-seeing found materials, deconstructive weaving and the creative combination of natural and man made materials.

Open Wednesday to Sunday 12 noon to 5pm.


Listen to Barbie’s gallery interviews with Christine Appleby, Lucy Quinn and Riley Beaumont.

Democracy 2025 – Museum of Australian Democracy

The release of the report Trust and Democracy at Parliament House on Wednesday 5 December 2018 heralded the beginning of the Museum of Australian Democracy’s Democracy 2025 – Bridging the Trust Divide initiative.

Under the direction of   Professor Mark Evans, University of Canberra-Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, MOAD invites the community to participate in a national conversation to re-engage us all in our democracy.

Democracy 2025 aims to address the decline in satisfaction with our democracy. To find out more about this visit

Listen to Barbie’s interviews with Virginia Haussegger AM, ACT Australian of the Year, and Director of the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation and Daryl Karp, Director of the Museum of Australian Democracy.

Who Took the Egg?

A true story of a Brisbane backyard
By Merle Hammond, Illustrated by Caroline Hammond
CAH Publishing, first published in 2005

Sadly, Merle Hammond died before the final publication of this book. Her family took on the project of publishing it and is now selling the book in Canberra through Jan Raff.

Jan is a committed member of the Bold Bandannas, a local Relay for Life team. Proceeds will go to the ACT Cancer Council.

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Isla Patterson: studio exhibition and sale

Friday 7 to Sunday 9 December 2018
10 Mainoru Place, Hawker
Open each day 10am to 4pm

 Eminent Canberra watercolourist Isla Patterson invites you to an exhibition and sale of her works with subjects including Antarctica, the Kimberleys, still life, bird studies and  Canberra landscapes.

 Read about Isla Patterson at

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Canberra Sinfonia concert 15 Dec 2018

Conducted by Lenny Weiss
With Calvin Bowman Guest Artist
Saturday 15 December 2018 3-4pm
Wesley Uniting Church

In its final concert for 2018, Canberra Sinfonia will be performing Handel’s Organ Concertos Op. 7 Nos. 1 & 4 with guest artist the acclaimed organist Calvin Bowman, followed by J.S. Bach’s exquisite Orchestral Suite No.1 in C major BWV 1066.

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Canberra Youth Orchestra final concert for 2018

Conducted by Lenny Weiss
Saturday 8 December at 7.30pm
Llewelyn Hall ANU

Enjoy Rimsky Korakov’s Scheherazade and Britten’s Violin Concerto featuring violinist Dale Barltrop, concertmaster of the Melbourne Symphony. This is the final CYO concert for 2018.

Bookings and information

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Dionisia Sala – Heartbeats

ANCA Gallery Artbus, City Walk
1 to 20 December 2018

Visitors to City Walk in Canberra can enjoy a visit to this exhibition of gouache monoprints and acrylic on paper. With background work on the bus walls made directly from timber with all its gnarls and whorls, Dionisia has then created ten prints which derive from the rings and patterns of trees, with a lower layer made by dipping int opaint.

 The exhibition itself is open for visits Wednesday to Sunday but an added pleasure is to be had on weekend afternoons from Dionisia’s workshops for young and young at heart on the grass just beside the bus. Various paper based activities are on offer – a peaceful respite perhaps from Christmas shopping.


Listen to Barbnie’s interview with Dionisia Sala